Pentagon moves about 1,600 army troops into the Washington region

Reuters WASHINGTON Jun 03, 2020, 02.14 PM(IST)

The Pentagon logo is seen behind the podium in the briefing room at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, US, January 8, 2020. Photograph:( Reuters )

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"Active duty elements are postured on military bases in the National Capital Region but are not in Washington, D.C.," Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman said in a statement.

The Pentagon has moved about 1,600 U.S. Army troops into the Washington, DC, region, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, after several nights of violent protests in the city.

"Active duty elements are postured on military bases in the National Capital Region but are not in Washington, D.C.," Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman said in a statement.

He said the troops were on "heightened alert status" but "are not participating in defence support to civil authority operations."

Senior defence officials had said on Monday that units would be moving into the Washington region.

The troops include military police and those with engineering capabilities, along with an infantry battalion, Hoffman said.